I was on my run the other morning thinking about the simplicity of what it takes to make change in our life. At least 5 days a week, I get myself out of bed and begin moving my body. I used to hate waking up early, now I thrive on being out in nature, running or biking on trails. I love pushing myself, but it wasn’t always that way. I used to give myself every excuse to hit snooze. I needed more rest or I would work out later.
So many of us have a gap from where we are to where we want to be. I’ve found that to bridge that gap and be successful isn’t very complicated, but it does take action. Here are my three C’s of Success. I’m not always perfect at making them happen, but when I can get over the chatter in my mind and follow them, my life is pretty darn good!
It all starts in the mind. Most of us have heard the quote from Napoleon Hill, “What a man/woman can conceive and believe, he/she can achieve.” Think about anything you’ve accomplished in life, from the mundane tasks to your greatest achievement. It all starts in your head. You had a thought, you took some action and you made it happen. I know, it sounds so easy, but for some reason we hold ourselves back. Maybe that is the reason. Maybe we don’t make the jump because we think success and reaching our goals should be more difficult than it actually is. Well, the steps are simple, but following them isn’t always easy. It all starts with our commitment. As soon as we commit to doing something, it becomes real.
Another simple task, but not always easy. Do you brush your teeth everyday? Do you wash yourself on a regular basis? Do you get your oil changed consistently? There are so many things we already do on a consistent basis that allow us to be who we are. Great athletes have to train everyday. It doesn’t mean they need to push themselves beyond their limits everyday. There are many levels to being great. One is pushing yourself. Another is recovering properly. Great athletes learn to love their sport and all aspects of training. Successful people in business work daily on their jobs. It becomes second nature. Great relationships are only so because there is consistent connection. Small steps make huge changes. After you’ve made your commitment, then you must move forward and take consistent daily action until what you want is clear and you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is attainable. Don’t go a day without taking action.
You can be a bull in a china shop, which isn’t very graceful. I can tell you from experience. Or you can move through life with grace and help those around you along the way. We’ve lived in a world of greed and selfishness for such a long time and though it has had some benefit, we still haven’t come back to a more compassionate, generous place. This is my challenge for you. We all want success in our lives, but when we only think about ourselves in the process, we loose out on an opportunity to share the incredible feeling of success with others. And sometimes when we choose to be successful we inspire others and they work harder.
It was John F. Kennedy who said, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” That is what we do when we commit to being successful. We lift those around us. So lift yourself up, commit to your own well being, be consistent in your commitment. Make it daily and be conscious along the way. Be the tide that lifts all boats! See you on the trails! @teddymcdonald